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From Thursday, 08 September 2011 -  08:00
To Friday, 09 September 2011 - 17:00
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 6th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association: Fine-Tuning IPR Debates



We are pleased to announce that the EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property) association will hold its 6th Annual Conference on September 8-9, 2011 at Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) under the theme ‘Fine-Tuning IPR debates’. Scholars and practitioners interested in the economic, legal, political and managerial aspects of intellectual property rights are encouraged to attend the conference with or without scientific paper presentation. As for the previous conferences (Munich, Lund, Berne, Bologna, Maastricht), the 2011 EPIP Annual Conference will address topics of general interest in the area of intellectual property rights (IPRs) policies. Each plenary and parallel session will be centered on an IPR debate, such as:

-           IPR litigation and enforcement: What costs and which best practices?

-           Standard setting and IPRs: Optimal timing and the role of government;

-           Should universities outsource the management of their patent portfolio?

-           Economic/financial valuation of IPRs: methodological and practical challenges;

-           Do markets for IPRs really work?

-           IPRs, entrepreneurship and growth: Is there a causal relationship?

-           Open innovation, new business models and the role of IPRs;

-           On the patentability of sensitive subject matter (BMs, software, genes, plant varieties);

-           Digital rights, database protection and moral rights;

-           How much quality do we need in IPR systems?

-           In search for the next generation of IP-based indicators;

Parallel and keynote sessions will aim at mixing scholars and practitioners from various disciplines (law, economics, sociology, and political sciences). Academic Keynote Speakers will include:

Prof. Philippe AGHION, Harvard University, USA

Prof. Tania BUBELA, University of Alberta, Canada

Prof. Graham DUTFIELD, University of Leeds, UK

Prof. Alfonso GAMBARDELLA, Bocconi University, Italy

Prof. Petra MOSER, Stanford University, USA

Prof. Pamela SAMUELSON, UC Berkeley, USA

Prof. Joseph STRAUS, Max Planck Institute, Germany; George Washington Un. & Stanford Un., USA

Prof. Nicolas VAN ZEEBROECK, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Prof. Michel VIVANT, Science Po Paris, France

Prof. Beth WEBSTER, University of Melbourne, IPRIA, Australia


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For information on submission procedure for scientific papers please visit submission page:

The deadline for extended abstract submission is May 30, 2011.

Location: ULB, Brussels
Contact: Contact: Malwina MEJER ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )